The turn of the year is always a good reason to set new resolutions. I personally love to set resolutions and goals. But keeping them is always a bit more difficult. In addition, with sustainable issues most people think they do not affect them anyway and one person alone cannot do anything. But in my opinion, the topic of sustainability concerns all of us. It is so much better if 1000 people do a little than nobody doing anything. Unfortunately, most people are just too comfortable and often people claim that sustainability is expensive, exhausting and inconvenient. However, none of this is true, so today I will show you 9 items that will help with your sustainable start in your kitchen. For each living area there are different tips and tricks, but let’s start with the kitchen.

1. Certifications and energy-saving kitchen appliances

When buying new appliances, you should pay attention to certifications of the kitchen appliances and buy energy-saving kitchen appliances. This applies, for example, to refrigerators, dishwashers, blenders, etc. 

It is also worth investing in high-quality, durable cutlery, as it simply lasts longer.

2. Lunch boxes: the all-rounders

Bread tins are just perfect for taking prepared food with you. Whether it’s lunch on the go, small snacks, light meals or even preparations for the office.

It doesn’t matter if bread tins consist of stainless steel or plastic, since you’ll have them for several years. However, you should find out which kind is the perfect choice for you. It’s also beneficial if you can use it to freeze prepared food.

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3. Canning jars and old packing jars.

Preserving jars are just perfect for canning or even storing food. Old washed-out jars that you bought beforehand are also suitable for storage. Both are reusable and come in different sizes and shapes.

4. Beeswax wraps instead of aluminum foil

Beeswax wraps are a rediscovered old method of storing leftovers and food. They are made of natural materials. Beeswax wraps can be reused countless times and are therefore much more environmentally friendly than cling film and aluminum foil. In addition, studies attribute antibacterial properties to beeswax, so beeswax towels can also contribute to a longer shelf life of food.

5. Cutlery to take with you 

It’s best to always take cutlery with you so you can avoid disposable plastic (or even bamboo) cutlery when you’re on the road. There are simple options for this, such as travel or camping cutlery. These are often easy to clean, sturdy and pack with little space.

6. Cleaning tabs instead of conventional cleaning products

Cleaning products for the bathroom or kitchen usually do not attract negative attention with a lot of chemicals, but also steadily bring plastic waste into the home.  Cleaning tabs thrown into a reusable bottle filled with water and dissolved, and then can be used normally for cleaning.

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7. Reusable kitchen roll or dish towels

Reusable kitchen towels or even dish towels are just as suitable for drying and wiping up as normal kitchen paper.

8. Stainless steel or glass straws

Reusable straws have become very popular in recent years. I usually just drink out of the glass. But in the summer with ice cubes or for cocktails I find them very practical.

Photo by cookerysisters on Instagram

9. Bamboo dishwashing brushes with replaceable brush head

Bamboo dishwashing brushes are environmentally friendly and to make them even more environmentally friendly, the brush heads can be easily replaced. The brushes can be used to rinse cutlery, dishes, pots & pans. They are also ideal for cleaning fruits and vegetables.

Now you may be asking yourself, what do these changes do for you anyway?

  • You can reduce your own ecological footprint.
  • You feel good because you are making this planet a little better.
  • You can save money in the long run.
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